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News digests and reviews of the missing child in the news. Madeleine McCann vanished on Thursday, 3 May 2007 from a rented holiday flat in Praia da Luz, Portugal. Madeleine, on holiday with her twin siblings and parents Kate and Gerry McCann,became the biggest news story of the past decade. We’ve followed it closely ever since the story broke.

Brenda Leyland: She Might Have Been A Tabloid Columnist

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THE death of Brenda Leyland is now a matter of education. The BBC consults an expert:

Dr Arthur Cassidy, a psychologist who specialises in social media, said Mrs Leyland appeared to have a middle class upbringing which was unusual in trolling.

Not if you work for the Daily Mail, it isn’t. But go on:

He said: “In this particular case, her whole repertoire of trolling is slightly different from those of well-seasoned trolls because of her uniqueness and the way she has done this. It would signify to me that she has been quite a novice at this.”

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Posted: 6th, October 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment (1)


Madeleine McCann: Brenda Leyland Was Driven To Her Death By An Intolerant Mob

BRENDA Leyland appears on the front page of  the Daily Mirror. The self-billed “intelligent tabloid” begins the woman’s obituary by calling her the “McCANN TROLL”.

 

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A woman who was charged with no cime, who had no criminal record, is dead. Her alleged offence was to have posted messages online that said nasty things about the parents of Madeleine McCann. You’ll recall that many newspapers did worse, libelling the McCanns. But not one newspaper led with a photograph of the writer who penned the criminal words nor editor who approved them. They were never called “TROLLS”.  They were not doorstepped by a TV news reporter.

Can you name any of the journalists, nay ‘trolls’, who monstered Chris Jeffries?

The Sunday Mirror’s Lori Cambell alerted police to Robert Murat’s behaviour, she saw as “creepy”. She told the police. But why did she tell the world? Mr Murat, the poor sod wrongly linked to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, was monstered and libelled. But was Campbell or her editor doorstepped on the TV news, as Brenada Leyland was?

Only the powerless get the full monstering.

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Posted: 6th, October 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (5)


Madeleine McCann ‘Troll’ Brenda Leyland Is Dead

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SAD news. The woman monstered by the media and on twitter, Brenda Leyland, is dead.

Leyland, who led the news cycle as a Madeleine McCann “troll” had allegedly posted online unpleasant comments about the missing child’s innocent parents.

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Posted: 5th, October 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment (1)


Madeleine McCann: Brenda Leyland Is Monstered By Trolls

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BY now you’ve have heard of Brenda Leyland. She’s an alleged ‘troll’ – someone who says things online. Lots of people say nasty things online, but the police don’t go after them all. Not all make it to the TV news or the front pages. Just some.

What she, allegedly, tweeted about the McCanns is unpleasant. But what are people saying about her?

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Posted: 3rd, October 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (14)


Madeleine McCann: Trolling The Leveson Inquiry

Gerry McCann, with his wife Kate, gives a statement to the press in the Algarve village of Praia Da Luz, where their daughter, three-year-old Madeleine McCann, went missing on Thursday evening. Picture date: Saturday, May 5, 2007. Madeleine was last seen by her father sleeping soundly at around 9pm on Thursday at the Ocean Club resort in the seaside village in the south-western Algarve. At 10pm, when her mother Kate went to check on her, she found the shutter slid up, the bedroom window open and her daughter gone. See PA story POLICE Portugal. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire Date: 05/05/2007

Gerry McCann, with his wife Kate, gives a statement to the press in the Algarve village of Praia Da Luz, where their daughter, three-year-old Madeleine McCann, went missing on Thursday evening. Saturday, May 5, 2007.

 

MADLEIENE McCann: A look at reporting on the missing child in the media.

One day after news that sources had compiled a dossier of people who have allegedly abused Kate and Gerry McCann online, the missing girl’s parents are in the news.

The Daily Star leads with the so-called “trolls”.

 

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The Times focuses on one:

A churchgoing mother of two children has been uncovered as one of the internet “trolls” who bombarded the family of Madeleine McCann with vile abuse.

Brenda Leyland, 63, who lives in a picturesque village in Leicestershire, 15 miles from where Kate and Gerry McCann live with their two children, posted dozens of offensive messages about them.
Mrs Leyland, who attended Goldsmiths college at London University, was part of a group of hate-fuelled critics of the McCanns who believe – despite no evidence – that the McCanns had some involvement in the disappearance of their daughter in Portugal in 2007.

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Posted: 3rd, October 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment


Madeleine McCann: Blonde Child Spotted With Swarthy Adults In La Herradura

MADELEINE McCann is back in the news.

The Sun reports:

Ex-soldier ‘saw Maddie with Spanish family’

Is his former job relevant?

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Posted: 2nd, October 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment


Nothing Changes: The Madeleine McCann Story Has Always Been Hijacked By Media Trolls

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MADELEINE McCann is back in the news. Sky News is with “TROLLS” who have abused the missing child’s parents online. There is not a shred of proof Kate and Gerry McCann were involved in their daughter’s vanishing. But people say nasty things online.

Some ‘trolls’ used to say them in the Press. The McCanns were libeled. They won damages.

The media was unable to stick to the most basic facts. This was single thread story being spun. A child had gone missing. That was the only fact.

 

Today, Sky introduces us to a woman who tweetes by the name “Sleepy Face”. Cameras are outside her home. The voiceover alleges she says vile things “from the heart of this peaceful village”, as if location matters. Sleepyface, a presentable middle-aged woman, tells Sky she hopes she has broken no laws.

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Posted: 2nd, October 2014 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment


Madeleine McCann: Blame The Algarve For Your Latest Holiday Read

THE Telegraph has been serialising Looking For Madeleine by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan. The book is available to order from Telegraph Books at £16.99 + £1.95 p&p.

In the abscne of any facts whatsover to augment the one irrefutable truth – the innocent child is missing – thr story rumbles on and on.

One Telegraph extract is entitled:

Madeleine: if only the McCanns had known about the Algarve

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Posted: 13th, September 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comment


Madeleine McCann: Four ‘New Suspects’ And Nothing Else

MADELEINE McCann’s face peers out from the cover of today’s Daily Express. The news is, as ever, lacking in any fact other than one: she’s missing.

But the Express has news that “police want to quiz more suspects”.

What suspects?

 

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Posted: 28th, August 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment


Madeleine McCann: Daily Express Says ‘Police Have No Idea What Happened To Her’

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MADELEINE McCann: a round-up on August’s reporting on the missing child.

Evening Standard, August 18:

There are many things it’s fine to reference at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Jimmy Savile, Cliff Richard, missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, rape, abortion, Madeleine McCann (yes, still), Michael Jackson (yes, still), the free sugar-free limoncello at Nancy Dell’Olio’s show (yes, really)… Just whatever you do, please don’t mention the Scottish independence referendum.

Once upon a time, an ‘Our Maddie’ joke was tabloid fodder.

Daily Express, August 15:

Met chief vows no let-up in search for Madeleine…

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: “The investigation is still ongoing and we will not be reducing the team.”

He praised Portuguese authorities for allowing Yard detectives to take part in the summer search.

“A reasonable amount of progress has been made,” he added.

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Posted: 18th, August 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment


Madeleine McCann: Sergey Malinka And Robert Murat Relive The Horror

Robert Murat (right) makes a statement to the media outside the High Court, central London. He today accepted "very substantial" libel damages from several news outlets over allegations that he was involved in the abduction of Madeleine McCann.  Picture date: Thursday July 17, 2008.

Robert Murat (right) makes a statement to the media outside the High Court, central London. He today accepted “very substantial” libel damages from several news outlets over allegations that he was involved in the abduction of Madeleine McCann.
Picture date: Thursday July 17, 2008.

 

MADELEINE McCann: It’s the seventh summer of the missing child in the news media. This is today’s news:

Two newspapers leads with ‘Our Maddie’.

The Sun tslk of the “1st ARRESTS”.

 

 

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MET detectives flew into Portugal last night as cops there are to make the first new arrests over Madeleine McCann’s abduction. They are expected to sit in on the interrogation of at least ‘three prime suspects’ in the next few days.

Officers are also planning to sit in on the quizzing of another five “people of interest” and what one source described as a “vital informant”.

 

No-one has been arrested. They are helping police with their enquiries.

 

The Mirror:

 

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Police investigating the mystery disappearance of Madeleine McCann have began questioning “formal suspects”. Scotland Yard detectives flew into the Algarve and were allowed to sit in on the interviews. Two “persons of interest” – or arguidos in Portuguese law – had been quizzed by local detectives.

The Metropolitan police officers were not allowed to ask questions, although sources close to the investigation say UK officers have over 250 questions for one of the men.

Two more people remained at Faro police station waiting to be interviewed by the Policia Judiciaria.

One of them is said to be suffering from severe schizophrenia and his interview may be postponed as he has not yet been assigned a lawyer.

It is not clear when the fourth individual will be interviewed.

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Posted: 1st, July 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment


Madeleine McCann – Sunday Express: ‘I Killed Maddie, You’re Next’

MADELEINE McCANN:  The Sunday Express front page leads with the sensational headline: “I killed Maddie, you’re next.”

 

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The story is that British woman Clara Corrigan claims that the man who stabbed her in Portugal screamed: “I killed Madeline McCann and I’m going to kill you.”

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Posted: 14th, June 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment


Madeleine McCann: Bowe Bergdahl, JFK And 15 Minutes Away

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Madeleine McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news media.

Stefano Hatfield, Indy: “Reward MH370”: We need to have faith in those who govern”

…I’ve never lost anyone truly close to me in mysterious circumstances, so I cannot know how that must feel. I cannot know therefore how bewildered the desperate families of missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 must be to set up a crowd-sourced whistle-blower fund, “Reward MH370”, in the hopeful belief that someone, somewhere must know what happened to the jet that went missing two months’ ago with 239 people on board.

And…

Nor, can I know the overwhelming terror, guilt, worry and helplessness that Gerry and Kate McCann must endure daily as they continue to search for answers regarding the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine, seven years ago.

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Posted: 11th, June 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment


Madeleine McCann: 3 Suspects, All Parents Are Good And Killing Summer In Praia de Luz

MADELEINE McCann: Anorak look at the missing child in the news. In today’s newspapers.

The missing child is not on any of the front pages.

The Mirror: “Madeleine McCann search: Family of missing Ben Needham say ‘thoughts and prayers’ are with the McCanns”

Ben was just 21-months-old when he disappeared from the Greek island of Kos in 1991. A review into his disappearance was held in 2012, with some of the experts from that operation now being used in the renewed search for Madeleine.

23 years on, no trace of Ben has yet been found.

The police never looked that hard for him.

His family told Sky News: “Our thoughts are with the McCanns in this search for Madeleine. We ourselves know that this sort of investigation will be a very difficult time for the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

BBC: “Madeleine McCann: Police due to conclude scrubland search”

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Posted: 8th, June 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment


Madeleine McCann: Bones, April Jones And A Pit

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MADELEINE McCann: A look at the missing child in the news.

The child renamed ‘Our Maddie, by the media is back on the front pages.

Has anything been found on the dig in Praia da Luz?

Daily Star:  “Search for Maddie: Bones from hole taken for test”

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Posted: 5th, June 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment


Madeleine McCann: Martin And Mary Smith, A Spade’s A Spade And Digging For Agony

MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news media…

She’s front-page news:

The Sun leads with a prosaic picture of woman holding two spades. Hovering over the photo of the missing child, the inference is clear. The police are not looking for a living person.

As the Mail reports:

‘They understandably have to remain positive and assume Madeleine is alive, but the dig raises the possibility of finding evidence that she is not’, a source close to the couple said.

 

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Posted: 3rd, June 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment


Madeleine McCann: Channel 4 Invite You To Watch Her Dead Body Emerge From The Ground

MADELEINE McCann is front-page news in the Daily Star:

 

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Police are digging on wasteland. They are looking for… Well, it must be a body, right?

Says the Star:

‘Come and dig up my garden’ says mother of cleared Maddie suspect – A MUM whose son was cleared as a suspect in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance welcomed the new police search.

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Posted: 2nd, June 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment


Madeleine McCann Spotted In Turin

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DID you see Madeleine McCann at the Europa League Final in Turin between Benfica (Portugal) and Sevilla (Spain)?

They did.

 

Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, dignified this utter balls with a statement:

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Posted: 20th, May 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews, Sports | Comment


Madeleine McCann: Unearthing Nothing But Pain And Media In Another Praia da Luz Summer

The e-fit of a man, as drawn from memory by British born DVD shop owner Simon Russell after being shown it by police last Saturday, in Praia Da Luz, Portugal, following the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Picture date: Wednesday, May 9, 2007. As the search for the missing girl entered its sixth day today, efforts to home in on her abductor stepped up a gear. Two "Cracker-style" criminal behaviour experts from the UK flew into the Algarve region yesterday to join Portuguese investigators working on the case.

The e-fit of a man, as drawn from memory by British born DVD shop owner Simon Russell after being shown it by police last Saturday, in Praia Da Luz, Portugal, following the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Picture date: Wednesday, May 9, 2007.

 

MADELEINE McCann: A round-up of reporting on the missing child:

The Times: “New hunt for Maddie opens old wounds in Praia da Luz”

David Brown is the latest journalist to holiday in Praia da Luz:

Seven years after Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, the quiet Algarve town where she vanished is preparing to become the centre of world attention all over again.

It never really stopped, though, did it? Until the story has an ending, Praia da Luz is home to the Praia da Luz Mystery.

The dark shadow cast over Praia da Luz has returned with the announcement that a new police search is to begin just as the town is preparing for the tourist season. Madeleine… is the subject of a £5 million Scotland Yard investigation involving up to 40 officers. It was ordered by David Cameron after Portuguese police closed the case. A judge has authorised a request from the British team for the Portuguese police to examine one privately-owned site using ground-penetrating radar. This has upset residents and business owners, who fear the search will put the town back in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

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Posted: 10th, May 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment


Madeleine McCann: Portuguese Police Protect The ‘Suspects’ From The Met

maddyMADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news today:

May 7, 2014:

Daily Record: “British cops arrive for Madeleine McCann hunt but officials ban them from searching suspects’ homes”

A team of British police hunting for Madeleine McCann flew into Portugal yesterday – only to be told they are banned from raiding the homes of three suspects they want to quiz. The team of seven detectives led by Det Chief Insp Andy Redwood, were pictured arriving at Faro Airport.

In a further blow the team have also had their hopes of probing the bank accounts of the trio, who worked at the resort where the child vanished, dashed by Portuguese officials.

As ever, the Portuguese are presented as the enemies.

Scotland Yard had wanted to see if there were any large payments to the suspects, suggesting they could have been paid to snatch Madeleine from the Praia da Luz resort. But a source close to the investigation said last night: “The Portuguese judge who ­examines the requests sent by Scotland Yard’s did not consider the arguments to be valid enough to warrant searching the workers’ homes…”

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Posted: 8th, May 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment


Madeleine McCann: Police And Sources Are Digging With Emotion At Praia Da Luz

MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at reporting on the missing child:

Daily Mirror (front page):

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“MADDIE COPS TO START DIGGING UP RESORT”

It is a “WORLD EXCLUSIVE”.

Kate and Gerry McCann have never given up hope their missing daughter Madeleine is alive – but they are now bracing themselves for the heartbreak of a police search for her body. Scotland Yard detectives are preparing to go to Portugal to launch extensive digs in and around the holiday area where the youngster vanished seven years ago at the age of three. The tormented couple have been briefed by officers about their plans to search three sites near the Praia da Luz resort they were staying at.

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Posted: 5th, May 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment


Madeleine McCann: Euclides Monteiro ‘Cleared’, Roderick William Robinson Wanted And Seven Years Pass

MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s regular look at the story of the missing child in the news media:

On the seventh anniversary of tabloids’ ‘Our Maddie’, the Sunday Star leads with news:

“MADDIE PROBE ANGER”

 

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Neil Chandler & Tracey Kandohla report:

Maddie: Portuguese police blast Brit cops and DENY arrests will be made soon

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Posted: 4th, May 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment


Madeleine McCann: Seven Years Of Nothing But Waiting

MADELEINE McCann: As the anniversary of her vanishing looms, the Sun creates a splashy no-news story.

 

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As ever, the tabloids are focusing on the missing child’s parents:

‘I need to find out if Madeleine is alive or dead… an end to not knowing’ – Says Kate McCann

Once upon a time, the notion that the child might be dead was not one the McCanns would countenance, at least not in public. Has anything changed?

KATE McCann last night opened her heart over missing daughter Madeleine, saying: “I just want to know if she’s alive or dead”. Speaking to publicise a new child rescue alert system, she added: “We need to know. The worst thing is not knowing.”

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Posted: 1st, May 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comment